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Police arrest man Cottage Grove strangulation, kidnapping case

Police say a man broke into a Cottage Grove woman's home and assaulted her while holding her hostage for several hours.

Julius William Litschke, 38, with no permanent address, was charged with first-degree burglary, felony domestic assault, domestic assault by strangulation, kidnapping and terroristic threats after he broke into the home of a 39-year-old Cottage Grove woman and held her there against her will Dec. 4.

According to police, the woman, who knows Litschke, heard noises in the house and found that Litschke had broken in. When she confronted him about it, he punched her in the back of the head and then started to strangle her. The woman told police she went in and out of consciousness several times.

Litschke reportedly told the woman that he was going to kill them both, and said, "Today is the day that we're going to die together."

The woman convinced Litschke that she had to go to work, and when they began driving away, she jumped out of the vehicle and called 911.

Litschke drove off in her vehicle.

The US Marshall's Office in Minneapolis took Litschke into custody Dec. 7.

Litschke has been charged with domestic assault twice before, and also has a criminal history of second-degree homicide.